CT of nontraumatic thoracic aortic emergencies

Sanjeev Bhalla, O. Clark West

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Abstract

Computed tomography (CT), especially multidetector row CT (MDCT), is often the preferred imaging test used for evaluation of nontraumatic thoracic aortic abnormalities. Unenhanced images, usually followed by contrast-enhanced arterial imaging, allow for rapid detailed aortic assessment. Understanding the spectrum of acute thoracic aortic conditions which may present similarly (aortic dissection, aneurysm rupture, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, intramural hematoma) will ensure that patients are diagnosed and treated appropriately. Familiarity with imaging protocols and potential mimics will prevent confusion of normal anatomy and variants with aortic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-304
Number of pages24
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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